“Just try to be the best you can be; never cease trying to be the best you can be. That’s in your power.”—John Wooden
John Wooden, in my opinion, has been one of the most successful basketball coaches in his own time and I believe that a lot of what he has done has been transferable to coaching in many sports. In my classes in university, John Wooden was part of our readings. Thinking about him makes me want to read about “Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success”.
We are getting so close to the new years and we are thinking more and more about our resolutions for the New Year. People are getting unreasonable goals ahead of them and then quit because they are trying to do too much too soon. How about making smaller more realistic goals on the way to the big goal ahead?
How about setting a SMART goal that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely based (trackable)? Instead of trying to have a goal to write 52 blogs in a year, I decided to write one blog a week later in the year. Same overall goal yet subdivided within 52 smaller goals. This will be my 36th goal reached in 36 weeks. This is kind of cool when you think about it. Succeeding 36 times in 36 weeks and that was only a fraction of what I intended to do in 2016.
We are done focusing on my own goals and now the focus has changed its direction towards you. Think about now, what you are grateful for and what you know you have at the present moment. When you know where you are at the present, start writing down where you want to be in 2017, what is the big picture that you are setting yourself in and then divide that picture into smaller pictures, divide it into smaller goals.
How you do it is not important but what is important is for you to keep on progressing and growing into the person that you want to be, into the best you that you can be. It’s not about being better than your neighbour, it’s about being the best that you can be within a certain time frame.
Good, better, best, never let it rest 😉
Feel free to listen to John Wooden discuss about “The difference between winning and succeeding”.